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Discover Palma de Mallorca in Winter

Mallorca, is an island gently swayed by the waves of the Mediterranean, where each of its beaches and magical sunsets are their own piece of paradise. Who would not want to get lost in these beautiful coves and stunning landscapes?

With 300 days of sunshine per year, this Mediterranean jewel is a treasure that everyone wants to discover. Known to most people as a destination to visit during the summer, we wanted to talk today about the magic that you can experience here in winter. From the famous capital of Palma, to the most symbolic towns and areas of natural beauty. Prepare the camera for the incredible beauty that will take your breath away!

A walk through the capital

The city of Palma has many secrets that are worth discovering with a pleasant walk through the historic centre of the city. Beautiful places such as the Cathedral, the Town Hall Square, the Plaza Mayor and the busy Ramblas, are attractive examples of Mallorcan architecture and tradition, which also make excellent places to relax during the afternoon.

The charming traditional markets and the improvised performances of urban swing that take place in certain areas of the city centre form an alternative side to the Mallorcan capital.

A passage through the villages of the Tramuntana

Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, the Sierra de Tramuntana is the natural wonder of Mallorca. Of course, the towns that are located around the mountain range are equally as stunning.

The magic of Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià and Fornalutx captures the visitors imagination from the first time you set your eyes on it. A traditional arròs brut (Meat & rice), or a porcella rostida (lechona) (suckling pig) are some of the most important dishes to try from these mountain villages.

Sóller Train

Following the route through the towns of the Serra Tramuntana, you can enjoy the journey by taking the Sóller train which cannot be missed off your list of essentials. The beautiful wooden train that connects the city of Palma with the picturesque town of Sóller, in a journey through the most symbolic landscape of Mallorca.

A tour of the best viewpoints

Mallorca is full of postcard worthy landscapes. The viewpoints of Cap de Formentor, Puig de Randa, Na Foradada and the Tower of Ses Ànimes become a must see, from which you can get the best views out over this magical island in the Mediterranean

Where to stay in Mallorca?

For those who have chosen this alternative visit to Mallorca, the Sol Hotels chain offers all the services and facilities needed to enjoy a wonderful stay in Palma de Mallorca. Discover all the Sol Hotels options, such as Sol Kathmandu Park and Sol House, both perfect for exploring the island on your holiday.

A dream route through the north of Mallorca

There are places where the quicksilver drops dramatically as September arrives, and then there are places like Mallorca: a kind destination in terms of climate where a very comfortable temperature prevails all the way until the first week of November. I can be trusted when state this, because as those who read my blog regularly will know, I have been in love with the island for many years now.

Since summer has to be sent off in style (so we won’t miss it too soon), I’ve decided to cross the Mediterranean yet again – always beautiful and so very turquoise – to enjoy a couple of relaxing days with family in the northern part of Mallorca. The reason? Filling ourselves up on island magic, experiencing first hand the rich nature that characterises the northern part of the largest of the Balearic islands.

Although I’ve gone for hotels in the south and the east when I’ve been to Mallorca in the past, this September I’ve gone for the experience of Garden Hotels, a leading brand on Mallorca with famous hotels such as the Playa Garden Selection Hotel Spa and the Cala Millor Garden Hotel, our choice for this mini holiday.

Since this is a three-day trip (more than enough, taking into account the fact that my family and I already know the island well) we’ve already made a plan and lined up all the visits we’ll make and routes we’ll take, to make sure there’ll be time for everything we want to do (yes, for sleep too). If you fancy getting to know the north of the island during a long weekend, this is my schedule for those days:

Albufera Alcudia

A route through the S’Albufera Natural Parc

Apart from being the largest wetland on Mallorca and one of the most interesting natural parks throughout the country, the S’Albufera National Park plays a fundamental role in the island ecosystem.

It’s a park located between Playa de Muro and Alcudia (at the very north) where you can find plants and animals native to the Balears and where you can spend an amazing day with your family walking along trails showcasing all the wealth provided by mother nature.

Beach life in Son Serra de Marina and sports in Playa de Muro

Far from being the typical Mallorcan beach with fine, white sand, the beach at Son Serra de Marina is a natural paradise well worth enjoying. It’s a very clean, extensive and natural beach showing you that authentic side of things so highly praised by those of us who consider ourselves ‘Mallorca Lovers’. Since we are fond of long days on the beach in my family, this beach plan basically just contemplates a meal at one of the beach bars in the area; there are many of them, and they are very good.

As there will be time left over we’ve decided to spend a couple of hours doing water sports in Playa Muro. The kids love kayaking and I love paddle surf so we’ll try to bring the hobbies together and then put the icing on the cake with a paella at La Ponderosa.

 

Gran Isla Hotels, the ‘family-friendly’ brand that has revolutionised Mallorca

Travellers, tour operators and agents in the tourism sector, all fully agree that the island of Mallorca is a place of reference within the international tourism network.

A mature, high-quality destination that has managed to combine the international expansion of big hotel brands (brands made in Mallorca) with a risky – but highly original and successful – bet on younger, and very well-prepared, hotel groups. Groups such as Gran Isla, a ‘family-friendly‘ brand with Mallorcan character and DNA that has jumped into the pool with a risky, but perfect project.

What’s behind this business project, and why is it spoken about to such an extent on and outside the island? This month we will try to highlight the winning points of this colourful, family-friendly and unique project.

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The first themed hotel on Mallorca

Even if the sector knew what was being prepared in the corporate kitchens of Gran Isla, the residents of Santa Ponça (the beach destination where the main hotels of the brand are taking shape) they couldn’t believe their eyes: an amazing hotel with a façade full of images and shapes, like a pirate ship with treasure chests, cannons and giant skulls.

Yes, we’re talking about Pirates Village Apartments, a project created by Gran Isla that proved a success from the day it opened its doors. The hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Calvià. Families are treated with utmost care and attention to details here, something that’s particularly obvious when you look at it from a child’s perspective. The family rulers are extra happy here. And of course they are! Could there be anything better than to sleep in a pirate’s bed, or have rudders and sails in the bedroom? Not if you ask the kids.

A place where you don’t have to worry about a thing

Twenty-five years in the hospitality sector has given Gran Isla the experience necessary to really hit the mark with another of their family hotels. We’re talking about Jutlandia Family Resort. A resort located less than 300 metres from the beach in Santa Ponça where absolutely nothing is left to chance and where the idea is to transform family holidays into days filled with pleasure, relaxation and fun topped with incredible views.

Apart from its incredible pools and the exclusive family menu, the resort also has a Kids Club 2.0: a space created for children where there are daily workshops, family games, film screenings, computer rooms and much, much more on offer.

 

Heading to the North Mallorca, looking for natural relaxation

Our rhythm of everyday life and work pressures are two of the reasons that lead many people to travel the earth in order to switch off. This temporary calm helps us meet our true selves so that we allow ourselves to enjoy the small pleasures of life. We do this with a break in which all that matters is rest and relaxation.

Far from the frenetic summer vacation when you have to deal with tourists and destinations that in many cases, are overcrowded; taking a relaxing trip in these first weeks of autumn is a winning and effective option. The key to success is in choosing the correct destination since not everywhere is perfect.

Can Picafort, North of Majorca

Can Picafort, North of Mallorca

Options such as the Picos de Europa or cities such as Burgos (quiet by nature) are perfect for lovers of alpine sports, cold but warmed by endless fireside chats. Of course, if your aim is to switch off in the shelter of a kinder temperature and a chic ‘seaside’ atmosphere there is nothing better than opting for places like Mallorca.

Although most visitors who choose Mallorca focus on the southeast (in places like Paguera, Santa Ponsa or Andratx), there is nothing better than going in search of tranquility to the north of the island where places like Can Picafort and Alcudia are popular. How and where can you capture the island’s relaxing “take it easy” essence?

Enjoying nature

Mallorca is nature in its purest state so is a perfect place to visit for lovers of beautiful landscapes. Getting to know natural surroundings such as the Parc de S’Albufera or enjoying unspoiled beaches like Can Picafort and Muro or others like Son Serra de Marina, are some of the “natural” options that can be enjoyed.

Taste and flavor

They say that when you switch off, the palate has a lot to say. To be able to forget, bit by bit, the restrictive rules and habits to which we adhere throughout the winter, is easy on a trip to Mallorca and the island is a jewel as far as food is concerned. Where should you choose? Enjoy the best of the island’s fresh fish in some of the restaurants that make up the Puerto de Alcudia.

Water sports and peace

Whether practicing Yoga SUP or enjoying a few hours of kayaking, truthfully there is nothing better than northern Mallorca to get rid of stress using the nautical sports as an excuse. These fun activities can be enjoyed both in Can Picafort and Puerto de Alcudia.

Hotels in Mallorca to escape stress
Another key to success when hoping to switch off for a few days in a different destination from our place of residence is in choosing the perfect hotel. Although there are many chains on the island, there is nothing like choosing what the Ferrer Hotels chain has to offer, since it is a company specialized in letting you relax from your first minute. What are your choices? Enjoy the best services and a unique setting (like playa de Son Bauló) choosing from two of its flagship hotels: the Hotel Ferrer Janeiro and the Hotel Ferrer Concord.

A world of offers and services in Mallorca with Garden Hotels

It’s time to turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience, not only must one choose the right destination, the leisure activities available but even those day trips we want to enjoy on our days off. Getting the most out of a destination, living it and returning happy, satisfied and with our batteries charged thanks to the right hotel.

Mallorca is one of those parts of our country where choosing the right accommodation is crucial. Although the beauty of the island is unquestionable and the tranquility outweighs the hustle and bustle, the truth is there are so many hotels in Mallorca that it is necessary to make a choice depending on how you like to travel (either as a couple, with friends or family) your budget and your goal (culture, leisure, party, gastronomy, etc.). The trick? Choose the only hotel chain that offers you it all and more, a chain like Garden Hotels.

Garden Hotels in Mallorca

Garden Hotels in Mallorca

With a selection of seven hotels spread across the island (especially in the north of the island); Garden hotels are perfect for those looking to enjoy a romantic trip as a couple, a few days with friends on the beaches of Mallorca or, as a non-traditional place for family tourism (great for the summer months).

Furthermore its hotels are located in beautiful parts of the island (like Alcudia or Cala Millor) and offer great value for money, the Garden Hotels chain is known for offering its customers a world of personalized services that forms an important part of the Garden Values, and this is defined by the slogan “enjoy everything without giving up anything.”

Thanks to this range of choices, guests can combine their relaxation time with a wide and exciting range of sports (with Garden Sport) as well as SPA treatments thanks to Garden SPA; and, unique excursions to spectacular locations on the island of Mallorca thanks to ECO Garden.

Would you like to experience a great hotel chain in some of the most beautiful spots on Mallorca? Well you’re in luck because if something has made Garden Hotels one of the country’s best hotel chains it is its wonderful offers on its hotels in Mallorca. From its establishment in Cala Millor, to its apartments in Alcudia … All offer more than 10 percent discount.